Electronic Cigarettes News

E-cigarettes being sold in prison shops in smoking ban pilot

Prisoners are being allowed to smoke e-cigarettes as part of a pilot scheme that could lead to a jail smoking ban. BBC News has learned that a brand of disposable e-cigarettes has been on sale in three prisons for two months.

France wants ban on new cannabis-extract "e-joint"

PARIS (AP) — France's health minister has said she wants to ban a controversial cannabis-extract electronic cigarette that's been launched in France. Marisol Touraine told French radio she was "opposed" to the self-styled "e-joint," that was launched online Tuesday. She said it will encourage cannabis use and she will approach the courts to ban the product. Though cannabis is illegal in France, French-Czech company KanaVape say their hemp vaporizer product is legal. They say it does not contain the mind-altering THC substance found in marijuana.

Flavorings in Electronic CigarettesAn Unrecognized Respiratory Health Hazard?

This Viewpoint examines the flavorings added to e-cigarettes and the potential respiratory risks they may pose. Use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), vape pens, e-hookah, e-cigars, e-pipes, or other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) has increased rapidly since their introduction in the United States in 2007, growing to a $2 billion market.1 There is controversy concerning the utility of ENDS as a harm reduction strategy, reflecting major gaps in the emerging evidence on potential benefits and harms of the products.

House Leader Boehner Opposes E-Cigarette Ban

The electronic cigarette industry is a booming business for individuals who are trying to give up smoking or simply want to get away from the smell that is associated with traditional cigarettes. Recently, Speaker of the House John Boehner, a user of e-cigarettes himself, is opposing measures that would strictly regulate the devices, citing concerns that it will hurt the industry.

Utah officials slash fines for e-cigarette marketers

SALT LAKE CITY Utah officials have slashed fines for three online electronic cigarette marketers from $1.1 million to $31,150. They declined comment on why the Utah Division of Consumer Protection quietly settled civil cases with companies that had been cited for more than 440 violations after allegedly deceiving and ripping off customers. Department of Commerce spokeswoman Jennifer Bolton told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1zSe94o ) the agency will "let the full terms of the settlement agreements speak for themselves."

Teen E-Cigarette Use Steams Past Smoking, Survey Finds

Electronic cigarettes, touted as potentially game-changing harm-reduction devices by longtime nicotine addicts and some health experts, are surprisingly popular among American teenagers, according to new survey results. In fact, more students reported using an e-cigarette in the past month than admitted to past-month use of traditional cigarettes in the 2014 Monitoring the Future survey, which gathers information on eighth-, 10th- and 12th-grade students.

Tobacco Smoking Among Teens, Down Nation Wide

Fewer teens in the United States are smoking regular cigarettes, according to the results of a federally funded survey released Tuesday, but the popularity of electronic cigarettes suggests that some teens may be choosing e-cigs over traditional smokes.

Fire chiefs call for safety messages to be put on e-cigarettes after devices cause more than 100 fires and one fatality in less than two years

Fire chiefs are calling for safety messages to be displayed on electronic cigarettes after it was revealed the devices have caused more than 100 fires in less than two years. And in August, David Thomson, 62, was killed when an e-cigarette on charge exploded and ignited oxygen equipment he was believed to have been using. It was thought to be the first fatality from a fire involving an e-cigarette in Britain. Other incidents have resulted in people hurt and also reports of users' homes and cars being badly damaged.

E-cigarettes usually aren’t taxed like regular tobacco products. Utah’s governor wants to change that.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert wants e-cigarettes to be taxed, and his office thinks it could bring in $10 million for the state annually. “The governor feels strongly we should tax e-cigarettes the same way as other tobacco products,” said Marty Carpenter, a Herbert spokesman, in an interview with the Washington Post. “We don’t want to be in the business of incentivizing” e-cigarettes, he said.

First 'e-cigarette child death': New York baby dies after drinking liquid nicotine

A one-year-old baby has died in New York state after drinking from what is thought to have been an e-cigarette refill bottle, prompting calls to change how the liquid nicotine products are presented. The death was described by local police as a “tragic accident”, and is thought to be the first to involve a child and e-cigarettes. An ambulance was called to a home in Fort Plain, New York, to reports of an “unresponsive” child last Tuesday, ABC News reported. He was rushed to hospital, but pronounced dead a short while later.

Survey finds teens trending toward e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — More teens are trying out e-cigarettes than the real thing, according to the government's annual drug use survey. Researchers were surprised at how many 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported using electronic cigarettes this year, even as regular smoking by teens dropped to new lows. Nearly 9 percent of 8th graders said they had used an e-cigarette in the previous month, while just 4 percent reported smoking a traditional cigarette, said the report being released Tuesday by the National Institutes of Health.

E-cigarettes 'help smokers quit or cut down'

E-cigarettes can help smokers stop or reduce their habit, a respected international review has confirmed. The first Cochrane review to examine the products considered two randomised trials with data from 662 current smokers. The review authors, from the UK and New Zealand, said the results needed to be expanded on by other studies. Public health doctors said they remained concerned that the devices could reverse progress on smoking.

E-Cigarettes Top Smoking Among Youths, Study Says

WASHINGTON — A new federal survey has found that e-cigarette use among teenagers has surpassed the use of traditional cigarettes as smoking has continued to decline. Health advocates say the trend for e-cigarette use is dangerous because it is making smoking seem normal again. They also worry it could lead to an increase in tobacco smoking, though the new data do not show that.

E-Cigarettes May Serve as Gateway to Smoking for Teens, Study Suggests

When I was in middle school, I asked my mom if she would be mad if I tried smoking. I’ve never forgotten her answer: “Go ahead and try it,” she said. “You’ll hate it, and you’ll never want to do it again.” So about a year later, when the opportunity presented itself, I took a puff off an older kid’s cigarette in a public bathroom. I could barely inhale, and I’ve never had the desire to try one since.

Onderzoek: e-sigaret is opstapje naar gewoon roken voor jeugd

NIEUWVEEN - De elektronische sigaret, vaak gebruikt om het stoppen met roken te vergemakkelijken, blijkt door jongeren gebruikt te worden die anders waarschijnlijk nooit waren gaan roken. Dat is de uitkomst van een Amerikaans onderzoek onder tweeduizend tieners van 14 en 15 jaar.

Two studies find big jump in teen use of e-cigarettes

Two new studies have found that far more kids are using electronic cigarettes than previously reported, raising fears that the products could hook another generation on nicotine even as cigarette use is falling. About 25% of high school students in Connecticut and 29% of teens in Hawaii have used e-cigarettes, according to separate studies. About 18% of the Hawaii teens and 12% of the Connecticut high school students had used e-cigarettes in the past month. Both studies were done in 2013.

E-cigarettes 'much less addictive, toxic' than conventional cigarettes

Are e-cigarettes effective as a smoking cessation aid? This is a controversial question. Some studies claim the devices help smokers quit, while others suggest e-cigarettes may encourage tobacco smoking and may even be a gateway to illicit drug use. A new study adds to the debate, suggesting that e-cigarettes are much less addictive than conventional cigarettes. The research team - including Jonathan Foulds, professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at the College of Medicine at Pennsylvania State University - publish their findings in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Utah officials slash fines for e-cigarette marketers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah officials have slashed fines for three online electronic cigarette marketers from $1.1 million to $31,150. They declined comment on why the Utah Division of Consumer Protection quietly settled civil cases with companies that had been cited for more than 440 violations after allegedly deceiving and ripping off customers. Department of Commerce spokeswoman Jennifer Bolton told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1zSe94o ) the agency will “let the full terms of the settlement agreements speak for themselves.”

E-cigarettes: is vaping any safer than old-fashioned smoke?

It could be a scene from Mad Men, only the execs are in M&S and the office is in Borehamwood. A marketing man named Roger sits at his desk, exhaling luxurious billows of smoke that twist and dance and vanish as they drift towards the ceiling tiles. “Is that a cigar he’s smoking?” I ask my tour guide, Michael Clapper of e-cigarette company Vapestick. “That’s a Vigar!” he announces with undisguised triumphalism. “Look at him! He looks like the boss.” In fact, Michael is the boss. He’s showing me around the headquarters of what has rapidly become a multimillion-pound business.

China’s E-Cigarette Boom Lacks Oversight for Safety

SHENZHEN, China — In a grimy workshop, among boiling vats of chemicals, factory workers are busy turning stainless steel rods into slender tube casings, a crucial component of electronic cigarettes. Not long ago, Skorite Electronics was a tiny firm struggling to produce pen parts. Today, it is part of an enormous — and virtually unregulated — supply chain centered here that produces about 90 percent of the world’s e-cigarettes.

First Child's Death From Liquid Nicotine Reported as 'Vaping' Gains Popularity

A toddler from upstate New York could be the first child to die from liquid nicotine, the substance used in e-cigarettes, poisoning in the U.S., concerning health officials as e-cigarettes continue to rise in popularity. Police reported that the 1-year-old child died after ingesting liquid nicotine at a home in Fort Plain, New York, on Tuesday. The child was found unresponsive and rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Answering questions about reports that children are increasingly coming into contact with e-cigarettes

Answers from State Secretary Van Rijn (VWS) on questions of the Rebel Mp (Labour Party) about reports that children are increasingly coming into contact with e-cigarettes. (Dutch)

New study from well-known researchers shows lower nicotine dependence from e-cigs than from cigarettes

A new report based on responses to an online survey conducted by Penn State tobacco and nicotine expert Jonathan Foulds and colleagues confirms the common sense observation: e-cig users (“vapers”) are significantly less addicted to nicotine than are cigarette smokers.

E-cigarette use rare in non-smokers, NHS survey shows

Just 3% of adults are using e-cigarettes but almost all are current smokers or those who had given up, according to a new NHS survey of people’s health and lifestyles. The disclosure further allays fears voiced by some doctors and health campaigners that “vaping” could attract non-smokers who then get hooked on traditional cigarettes containing nicotine.

E-Cigarette Tech Takes off as Regulation Looms

Just a few years ago, early adopters of e-cigarettes got their fix by clumsily screwing together a small battery and a plastic cartridge containing cotton soaked with nicotine. Now, the battery-powered contraptions have computer chips to regulate puffs and temperature, track usage, talk to other electronic devices and even blink when "vapers" are near each other. Federal officials say the technology race could make creating standards the devices, which heat a liquid to create vapor rather than burning tobacco, more difficult in the future.

E-cigarette that was plugged into the wall with the wrong charger EXPLODES

A family's Christmas presents have been destroyed and their house devastated after an e-cigarette which was plugged into the wrong charger exploded and set fire to their home. Terry Skinner, 25, placed his device on to charge in an upstairs bedroom in his home in Sheerness, Kent, before heading downstairs to join fiancee Tara Austin, 22, in the living room. Barely ten minutes later the internal battery had exploded and a fire began to tear through the room at their home - just yards away from where his children were sleeping.

Debate on safety of e-cigarettes continues

Opposing views on the potential impact of electronic cigarettes on public health are published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. The commentaries, by two experts, differ in their views on the topic but are united in their call for a rational discussion based on evidence. Related Articles Public health Conflict resolution Epidemiology Environmental impact assessment Osteopathic medicine Personalized medicine

E-cigarettes ARE less addictive, study finds - but experts warn long term health benefits are still unknown

We found that e-cigarettes appear to be less addictive than tobacco cigarettes in a large sample of long-term users,' said Jonathan Foulds, professor of public health sciences and psychiatry, Penn State College of Medicine. The popularity of e-cigarettes, which typically deliver nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerin and flavorings through inhaled vapor, has increased in the past five years. There are currently more than 400 brands of 'e-cigs' available.

Brad Rodu: How dangerous is snus? Don't ask the New York Times

Despite a wealth of available information, the Times unfortunately failed to nail the answers, even after acknowledging that “Many studies have been done on the question (sic),..." but fretting that "...but as in many fields that involve complex questions and human subjects, the research is imperfect.”

NY Times' Matt Richtel greatly exaggerates snus' negligible risks and downplays benefits for smokers who switch

After misleading and scaring readers about e-cigs, NY Times' Matt Richtel greatly exaggerates snus' negligible risks and downplays benefits for smokers who switch

House Republican leadership urges FDA to loosen its grip on the e-cig market

The Family Smoking Prevention Tobacco Control Act, passed in 2009, gave regulatory authority over tobacco products to the FDA. One of the law’s edicts was that the agency had to figure out how to deal with novel (newer) products, especially including e-cigarettes. Earlier this year (April 25th), the FDA announced that henceforth, e-cigs were to be “deemed” a tobacco product — even though they contain no tobacco and emit no smoke.

California Journal E-cigarettes appear here to stay: So put that in your mod and vape it

In the laboratory of the California Vaping Co., Dakoda Collins mixed up one of his signature potions. Wearing a surgical mask and gloves, he carefully measured out colorless, liquid nicotine from a plastic jug. He drew the nicotine into a fat syringe, then shot it into a large glass beaker of amber fluid, where it would be swirled with an industrial-strength immersion blender and gently heated.

FDA funded junk scientists and THR opponents at UCSF urge FDA to reject Swedish Match's MRTP application

FDA funded junk scientists and THR opponents at UCSF urge FDA to reject Swedish Match's MRTP application because they don't' want tobacco consumers to know snus is far less hazardous than cigarettes, doesn't cause mouth cancer, and has helped many people quit smoking

Clive Bates: Misleading the public for their own good? Changing the warnings on snus

What sort of ‘warnings’ should go on tins of snus? Modern snus use is probably around 98% less risky than smoking – but do the regulatory ‘risk communications’ in the form of these warnings really reflect that?

Smokefree Pennsylvania submits comments to FDA urging fast approval of Swedish Match's MRTP application for ten snus products

Smokefree Pennsylvania strongly encourages the FDA to swiftly approve the Modified Risk Tobacco Product Application submitted by Swedish Match North America for ten of its snus brands because smokeless tobacco products are far less hazardous alternatives to cigarettes,

FDA opens docket for public comments about FDA's scientific workshop on e-cigarettes on December 10/11

FDA opens docket for public comments about FDA's scientific workshop on e-cigarettes on December 10/11, public comment deadline April 15, 2015.

Mike Siegel: US House members urge FDA to change grandfather date in proposed deeming regulation

Speaker of the House John Boehner, along with the House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee Fred Upton, have sent a letter to the FDA and Center for Tobacco Products urging that the proposed deeming regulations be changed. Specifically, they have requested ....

AVA: FDA overreach on E-vapor products spurs House leadership to act

Today, the American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, reacted to the release of a letter sent last week by members of leadership in the House of Representatives to HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. In the letter, Rep. John Boehner (House Speaker), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (House Majority Leader), and Rep. Fred Upton (Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee) urge Secretary Burwell and the Food & Drug Administration to revise their proposed regulations on “e-vapor products” ....

FDA Deeming Reg/Ban

US House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton urge DHHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to change FDA proposed "deeming" regulation's grandfather date from 2007 to 2014 or when FDA issues a Final Rule.FDA's proposed "deeming" regulation would ban >99.9% of e-cigarettes on the market, while several thousand of these lifesaving products would remain legal if Congress amends the FSPTCA's 2007 grandfather date to 2014 or later for newly deemed products.

Reader View: E-cigarette taxes bad for New Mexico

Lawmakers in Santa Fe recently considered a proposal to institute a tax on vapor products (commonly referred to as electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes) at the exorbitant rate of 4 cents per milligram nicotine — a level that would make many products more expensive than the real thing: toxic, deadly cigarettes. While this is being posited as a “public health” measure, it is in fact a money grab, the effect of which would be antithetical to both public health and New Mexico’s budgetary needs.

E-cigarette use by children concerns fuelled by research

Three times as many children have tried e-cigarettes as have smoked tobacco, according to official figures. It has reinforced concerns that using the devices could become a "gateway" to smoking cigarettes. The study found 6% of 10 to 11-year-olds in Wales said they had used e-cigarettes, compared to 2% who had smoked tobacco. Children who tried e-cigarettes were seven times more likely to say they might start smoking within two years. They were also more likely to use e-cigarettes if their parents were smokers.

E-cigarettes reduce tobacco cravings and help people quit smoking, study finds

WASHINGTON -- Vaping is having a moment. The Oxford Dictionaries recently named the term, which means "to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device," its Word of the Year for 2014. Estimates put the size of the e-cigarette market at around $2.5 billion in annual sales. Users tout them as tar-free alternatives to traditional cigarettes that help them reduce their nicotine consumption. Others are worried about all the unknowns associated with huffing propylene glycol and concentrated nicotine.

E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

E-cigarettes have been fingered as the source of a new computer virus. "IT guy" Jrockilla told the Talesfromtechsupport forum that he suspects the malware was "hard coded" into the USB charger of his boss's electronic toker. In his post, he says:

Strengere regels rond e-sigaret

Fabrikanten die reclame maken voor e-sigaretten, mogen vanaf februari niet meer beweren dat het product helpt met stoppen met roken. Ze moeten ook duidelijk waarschuwen voor de verslavende werking van nicotine. Staatssecretaris Martin van Rijn (Volksgezondheid) heeft de regels vrijdag aangescherpt. Aanleiding is onderzoek van de Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (NVWA) en het Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM) waaruit bleek dat er extra maatregelen nodig waren.

Should a sin tax apply to e-cigarettes?

A public health agency dependent on cigarette taxes for its funding may ask state lawmakers to tax electronic cigarettes to help make up for a decline in consumption of traditional tobacco, says an official for its San Diego branch.

High levels of toxin found in some e-cigarettes

High levels of cancer-causing toxins have been found in some brands of E-cigarettes. Health experts in Japan discovered high levels of chemicals including formaldehyde and acetaldehyde in the vapour produced by several types of e-cigarette liquid. The latest findings will come as a blow to those in favour of the electronic devices, heralded as safer than regular cigarettes.

Exclusive: Pay per puff? Caffeine stick? E-cigarette boom sparks race for new patents

(Reuters) - Electronic cigarette makers are racing to design and buy variations of a technology that has lit a billion-dollar boom, created a new vocabulary, and prompted a backlash from health officials worried about the impact of the new smokeless devices. Research by Thomson Reuters shows that China - with over 300 million smokers - is the front runner in the manufacture and development of so-called e-cigarette technology, while new versions being patented include a "pay as you go" computer-assisted device and others that can deliver caffeine instead.

Tobacco cravings significantly reduced by e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes offer smokers a realistic way to kick their tobacco smoking addiction. In a new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, scientists at KU Leuven report that e-cigarettes successfully reduced cravings for tobacco cigarettes, with only minimal side effects. [cigarette and e-cigarette] By the end of the 8-month study, 21% of study participants had stopped smoking tobacco altogether and an additional 23% cut the number of tobacco cigarettes they smoked per day by half. Credit: Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Hoe veilig is e-roken?

De Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie WHO bepleit in een nieuw rapport strengere regels voor de elektronische sigaret. Volgens de WHO zou de e-sigaret niet binnen moeten worden gebruikt, vanwege het effect op anderen van meeroken, en overheden zouden reclames voor e-sigaretten moeten inperken. Verder moeten drank-, fruit- en snoepsmaken verboden worden. Ook wil de WHO een verbod op het verkopen van de e-sigaret aan jongeren.

AHA: Even with weight gain, smoking cessation ups survival

(HealthDay News) -- Fear of unhealthy weight gain can be a factor holding smokers back from quitting the habit. But a new study finds that even if people do gain a few pounds once they quit, their post-cigarette health is still much better than if they'd kept on smoking. The findings are being presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA), held from Nov. 15 to 19 in Chicago.

ACS’s Smokeout not working too well. Let’s try something different: Vape-Out!

Tomorrow, Nov. 20th, is the 39th annual Great American Smokeout, sponsored by The American Cancer Society. Let’s have a look at how well that’s been working, in the most relevant terms: how many adults still smoke, and how many have successfully “smoked-out”, that is, quit?

10 Facts That Everyone Gets Wrong About Vaping

About a year ago, a couple of good friends invited me to help them run a vape shop and eventual e-juice manufacturer in my hometown (Louisville, Colorado). We in this industry believe vaping to be potentially enormously beneficial to public health, and we've been dismayed to see it take a pretty stern beating in the public arena. This, along with the FDA's recent ruling in favor of strict regulation and all of the various local ordinances popping up, have prompted me to action.

E-cigarettes significantly reduce tobacco cravings

Electronic cigarettes offer smokers a realistic way to kick their tobacco smoking addiction. In a new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, scientists at KU Leuven report that e-cigarettes successfully reduced cravings for tobacco cigarettes, with only minimal side effects. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) were developed as a less harmful alternative to tobacco cigarettes. They contain 100 to 1,000 times less toxic substances and emulate the experience of smoking a tobacco cigarette.

UPDATE 1-Marlboro HeatSticks on sale in Milan this week

Nov 19 (Reuters) - Philip Morris International Inc , the world's largest tobacco company, plans to launch its new iQOS smokeless device and Marlboro HeatSticks in Milan, Italy on Thursday following a better-than-expected launch in Nagoya, Japan earlier this month. With a battery-operated system that heats, without burning, small tubes of tobacco called Marlboro HeatSticks, the iQOS is a hybrid between conventional cigarettes and next-generation e-cigarettes.

Reynolds launching heat-not-burn cigarette

RICHMOND, Va. - The nation's second-biggest tobacco company is launching a cigarette that heats tobacco rather than burning it. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) announced Monday it is launching Revo in Wisconsin in early 2015. The cigarette uses a carbon tip that heats tobacco after being lit by a lighter. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based company says it's a "repositioning" of its Eclipse product first launched in the mid-1990s. Eclipse had minimal success but has remained in very limited distribution and is one of the top-selling brands at the company's headquarters.

Minneapolis council committee OKs tighter e-cigarette rules

Minneapolis moved one step closer Monday to becoming the latest city to keep e-cigarettes out of restaurants, offices and other public spaces. After listening to comments by two dozen people — about half of them in favor of more restrictions, and half opposed — a Minneapolis City Council committee voted 6-0 in favor of the new rules. The issue will now be forwarded to the full council for a final vote.

E-cigarette Summit Londen 2014 – Impressie

E-cigarette Summit 2014 Londen 2014 – E-sigaret zeker 95% minder schadelijk dan klassieke sigaretten en doelbewuste negatieve campagnes van partijen als gezondheidsinstanties, overheden en farmacie die het gebruik ervan proberen terug te dringen. Een vreemde en onlogische tegenstelling. De E-cigarette Summit in Londen gaf een kijkje in de wereld van de elektronische sigaretten en hoe de branche er momenteel voor staat.

Elektronische sigaret met nicotine succesvol om rokers te doen stoppen

De elektronische sigaret met nicotine is voor rokers een succesvol alternatief om op termijn minder te roken of zelfs helemaal te stoppen. Dat blijkt uit een experiment van Leuvense onderzoekers. Het onderzoek werd gedurende 8 maanden uitgevoerd met 48 proefpersonen. De onderzoekers pleiten er op basis van hun resultaten voor dat de elektronische sigaret op de Belgische markt zou toegelaten worden.

The number of high schoolers using e-cigarettes has tripled since 2011

Another year, another uptick in the number of youth puffing on vaporized tobacco. A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among high school students, a trend the agency warns could undermine some of the progress made in reducing tobacco use among adolescents. "We've seen continued declines in tobacco use, but e-cigarette use is rising and that's troubling," said Brian King, senior adviser with the office on smoking and health at the CDC. "Any use is hazardous to the health of youths."

Survey of teen “tobacco” use yields good news, obscured by alarmist headlines about e-cigs

The CDC’s latest survey of tobacco use among young people in America was released yesterday. For those of us interested in the betterment of our nation’s public health, the strikingly good news was evident. Given that cigarette smoking is our nation’s #1 public health emergency (not Ebola) and that 90 percent of smokers begin as teens, the news may be the best possible trend imaginable: teen smoking rates continued their dramatic declines of the past three years! The recent youth smoking rates are these: 2000: ~25 percent 2011: 18.1 percent 2012: 14 percent 2013: 12.7 percent

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